Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TOS Review for Little Boy from FishFlix

I am so excited to be sharing with you about a wonderful story called, Little Boy, from the Christian entertainment company FishFlix.  This is our second opportunity to do a movie review for FishFlix and were are thrilled! Review no 2

FishFlix is a Christian entertainment company that provides families with good, clean wholesome movies. Movies that the whole family can watch together. They offer a huge selection of movies for entertainment, documentaries, biographies, educational movies, and so much more.

"Our goal is to serve you and your family by giving you a great way to spend quality time with one another, learning from and enjoying Christian  movies and TV programs that enrich your hearts while putting smiles on your faces."

"Do you believe you can do this?"

For this review, we received a physical copy of the DVD Little Boy. The DVD cost $18.99. FishFlix does have free shipping if you spend $35. Prices and promotions are subject to change.

The movie runs 1 hour and 47 minutes. You'll recognize a few of the actors. Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Ben, Chaplin, Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michael Rapaport. The young boy who plays Pepper is Jakob Salvati. He does an outstanding job! Review no 2
Little Boy is a charming tale about the special bond between a boy and his father.  A young boy named, Pepper Busbee lives in a small town in California enjoying a typical all-American life during the 1940's. Everything changes when America gets involved in World War II. When Pepper's older brother, London, is rejected for the army because of his flat feet, his father is required to go instead. Pepper and his father have a close relationship causing him to be devastated when his father is called to war. With the absence of his father during the war, Pepper struggles in his faith and life at home. Things are not always easy when you are little.

With the help of the local priest, Father Olive, Pepper finds his faith and makes a new friend. The priest strengthens Pepper's faith by asking him to work through a special list, the Corporal Works of Mercy. 

Father Oliver's list is slightly different than the original Corporal Works of Mercy. The list he gives Pepper includes the following works.

1~ Feed the Hungary
2~ Visit the Sick
3~ Shelter the Homeless
4~ Visit the Imprisoned
5~ Clothe the Naked
6~ Bury the Dead

and finally a very special work

7~ Befriend Mr. Hashimoto, a local Japanese-American man

The Corporal Works of Mercy

With the help of his new friend, Hashimoto,  Pepper is determined to work through the list and bring back his father. During the entire process, Pepper and Mr. Hashimoto become close and form a very special bond. The whole town starts to take notice of the amazing strength this little boy has in his faith. During the story, Pepper not only strengthens his faith and belief in God's power, but the town's  faith as well. With faith and God anything is possible! It takes courage to believe. 
Miracles do happen!

"It takes courage to believe."

What we Thought.....

Michael, Therese, and I watched the film together one early morning before we settled down to do schoolwork. My kids are 10 and 12 and the movie very acceptable for their ages. The film is rated PG-13. We really enjoyed the story. The love and devotion between the son and father was great to see. The family relationship and the strength of families was a nice change to see. Too often in movies and television shows today, family is put down or parents are made to look like idiots. 

My kids were very excited to see Catholic priests and sisters in the movie. They got even  more excited when Pepper was given prayers to say in Latin for penance for doing a not so nice thing to Mr. Hashimoto. My kids immediately recognized the Hail Mary in Latin. I always like when they can see their face portrayed in media. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Catholic faith displayed and loved how faith in God was presented. I love how Father Crispen and Father Oliver use the parable of the mustard seed to encourage the little boy's faith. The smallest thing can be the mightiest or move mountains.

Please be aware that the movie does deal with a few sensitive topics like war, prejudice, bullying, and dying. Other topics the movie deals with are faith, love, devotion, sacrifice, courage, strength, family and friendship. 

"Faith won't work if you have even the slightest bit of doubt."

The movie encourage viewers to learn and focus on what is more important in life. We should look and find the talents and abilities God has given us. We should then use those talents given to us by God to help others. We should figure out who we are and what we can accomplish with the help of God's strength and grace!

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone. It is a charming tale of love, family, faith, and perseverance. My kids give it two thumbs up!

I will warn you that you should have some tissues near by. You will shed a few tears...I won't spoil it for you. You'll just have to watch the movie for yourselves.....which I HIGHLY, VERY HIGHLY recommend.

Be sure to check out the other reviews for different movies from FishFlix. Just click on the graphic below and off you go. Review No 2

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